Make It Yours: Chanel’s Couture Bouffant

For all of the awe-inspiring ensembles Chanel displays at their couture shows, there are always equally eye catching beauty looks to match. Seriously, the heritage brand consistently delivers in the beauty department.

For the highly anticipated Spring 2019 Couture show, famed hair stylist Sam McKnight created one of his most show-stopping hairstyle to date, sending models down the runway with gravity-defying bouffants inspired by David Bowie that were as jaw-dropping as they were decadent.

While some people may shy away from such elaborate pompadours because of how bold they are, they can actually work beyond the runway, so long as it’s done right. Instead of heaping hair as high as seen on the Chanel runway, a more subtle bouffant is style quite daring and still statement-making, but when it comes down to it, totally classic. After all, who wants to be hitting the top of the subway or cars all because with your larger than life?

Kaia Gerber wearing a pink dress with gray fur
Kaia Gerber walks the runway during the Chanel Spring Summer 2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 22, 2019 in Paris, France.

At first glance, you might think there’s no way you can pull of such a style without an excessive amount of hair spray, but to the contrary, hairstylist Stephen Jaime says pins are it.

First, clip the top of your hair away for later, then, “starting on the sides and back, slick your hair towards the back, then twist and secure it with pins.” Lastly to keep everything in place, on the top of your head, mold your hair until you “create your desired height and then pin to secure.” Et voila: volume.

models walking down the runway